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Old 12-22-2012, 06:15 PM  
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Do we have any OTR drivers here?

I'm looking into getting my CDL.

There is a CDL training school just a few miles from me.

I've been a CNC Machinist for years and I'm sick of the lack of job security.

I'm 42 and I need something with solid job security.

I think R8ers drives for FedEx, right?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #76
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Have fun with the parallel parking, and dock parking. Those are fun.
I bet.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:29 PM   #77
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Be sure to drive with your bright lights on all night and drive 45 in a 70
Sounds like some solid advice.

Will keep in mind.

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #78
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I begin CDL training Monday.

4-week course.
Good luck it's what I want to do too. Just havn't put forth any effort to get the CDL. I'd like to take a course for it, but don't know the cost. I really just want to wait for winter to get over with.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #79
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Just keep your record clean and run like hell to a LTL or foodservice company when you get a chance...

Oh don't be a badass and think you can drive when the weather is shit... My friend who placed 1st in the state nc truck driving championship and placed 3rd in the Nationals just crashed last thursday on a black ice covered bridge... He was only going 25... Park the shit, it's your license and no dispatcher can make you drive even if he sounds like a badass... You **** up and they will put another warm body in your seat and you will be forgotten.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:35 PM   #80
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Good luck it's what I want to do too. Just havn't put forth any effort to get the CDL. I'd like to take a course for it, but don't know the cost. I really just want to wait for winter to get over with.
Study and pass this first

http://www.truckingboards.com/forum/...rial-test.html
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:48 PM   #81
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Hey thanks R8ers that should be quite helpful. I don't dread driving but taking the permit test kind of has me freaked out. I'm not much for one to study either lol. I keep telling myself I'm going to do it, but I am cursed with procrastination syndrome.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:50 PM   #82
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Wait.... Truck driving championship?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:51 PM   #83
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Your tires and mirrors are the best friends you have in freezing conditions...

If the pavement looks wet and you don't see tire spray... You are probably getting ready to crash.. Tire spray = Traction..

Your mirrors will freeze over first... Keep the heated mirrors off... When the mirrors freeze the bridges are next...

Also when your wipers are freezing up, pull your sunvisors down, this will trap more warm air against the windshield... (Does not work in extreme cold of course)
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #84
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Wait.... Truck driving championship?
Yes sir it is a big deal and people take it very serious TDC... It is based around safety 100% ... No cowboy shit.. True pro drivers exercising safety for themselves and the public.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #85
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Hey thanks R8ers that should be quite helpful. I don't dread driving but taking the permit test kind of has me freaked out. I'm not much for one to study either lol. I keep telling myself I'm going to do it, but I am cursed with procrastination syndrome.
HAZMAT is the hardest part but you won't get a great paying job without it.
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Yes sir it is a big deal and people take it very serious TDC... It is based around safety 100% ... No cowboy shit.. True pro drivers exercising safety for themselves and the public.
So no trucker bomb accuracy games or meth multitasking categories?
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HAZMAT is the hardest part but you won't get a great paying job without it.
The most I want to do is haul grain aka corn or wheat. I don't need to make a huge mount of money to live comfortably. I want it as easy as possible. I love the cush job I have now, but it just doesn't pay enough for me & my daughter to pay all the bills. My place is cheap enough that it wouldn't take much tho to get ahead in life if the truck driving works out even if I do it seasonally. I just recognize what I'm doing now isn't paying the bills.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:05 PM   #88
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The most I want to do is haul grain aka corn or wheat. I don't need to make a huge mount of money to live comfortably. I want it as easy as possible. I love the cush job I have now, but it just doesn't pay enough for me & my daughter to pay all the bills. My place is cheap enough that it wouldn't take much tho to get ahead in life if the truck driving works out even if I do it seasonally. I just recognize what I'm doing now isn't paying the bills.
Cost 5 bucks extra to get it on your license in my state, just a little more studying...

I am licensed to drive anything but a school bus, I have a tanker license and I have never pulled one but who knows, it may be needed one day.
Truck driving is not the cush job people think it is, longhaul is looking through a windshield 10 hours a day... It works on the brain..

Get the best money you can, make yourself marketable, It's harder to get a good job now for a rookie, too many experienced drivers to choose from.
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So no trucker bomb accuracy games or meth multitasking categories?
Not with these dudes... Cowboy truckers in the 70's left a a bad stigma on the industry that still exist today.


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